Store and breeding cattle sale
Wallets Marts Castle Douglas Limited held their fortnightly sale of OTM cattle, store cattle and breeding cattle on Monday when they sold 137 head of stock.
Store cattle met a good demand albeit for a plainer show of stock. Stronger, quality types were easiest cashed whilst cattle showing the signs of the inclement weather were harder to place.
Topping the trade at £1005 were a pen of Simmental cross heifers from Garrarie. Bullocks sold to £990 for Aberdeen Angus crosses from Mrs Carla Borough, Cotland. Top price per kg for bullocks was 222.9p paid to Glen Farming Co for a pen of Simmental crosses whilst heifers sold to 205.1p for Simmentals off Garrarie.
Overall averages were 193.1 for bullocks and 190p for heifers.
OTM cattle fell well short of buyers requirements resulting in a good trade for some plain cows. Topping the section at £1180 was an overage heifer from Low Curghie. Cast bulls sold to £905.52 for a Simmental from High Borgue whilst cows topped at £897.90 or 123p for a Simmental from the same home.
Breeding cattle proved harder to cash selling to a top of £1700 for an Angus heifer with a pair of twin Limousin calves from Low Curghie. Leading prices Steers: £990, £890 Cotland; £925, £840 Glen; £840 Glenhowl;£830, £815 Lochhill.
Heifers: £1180 Low Curghie; £1005, £955, £905 Garrarie; £950 Culdoach; £920, £890 Cotland; £825 Upper Barr. OTM Cows: £897 High Borgue; £644 Muncraig. Bulls: £905 High Borgue. Breeding cattle: £1700, £1520, £1480 Low Curghie.